Oral Cancer Screenings – Orange Park, FL
A Vital Part of Your Routine Dental Checkups
Unfortunately, oral cancer is an issue that can affect everyone, not just those with risk factors like tobacco use. Did you know that almost 25% of patients with oral cancer reported no lifestyle choices or habits that would put them at risk for cancer? That’s why Dr. Matthew Nawrocki performs careful oral screenings in Orange Park to check for any early signs of cancer. Like many dental issues, cancer can often go unnoticed to the untrained eye, making the few minutes that a screening can take a vital part of your routine dental checkup.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Cancer
The sooner oral cancer is caught, the higher chances of a full recovery. While oral cancer is often hard to spot on your own, you can still be on the lookout for these common signs and symptoms:
- White or red lesions in your mouth
- Lumps beneath or on the surface of soft tissue
- Difficulty swallowing and chewing
- Sores on your mouth, tongue, gums, or lips that won’t heal
- Spots in your mouth that feel numb
- Pain in your ears
- Persistent sore throat
If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, contact our office right away. Dr. Nawrocki will be able to diagnose oral cancer and provide a clear plan of action to get your health back on track.
What Does My Dentist Look for During a Screening?
It is estimated that dentists alone find around 84% of oral cancers early on, which is why Dr. Nawrocki performs extremely careful cancer screenings to detect the problem while it’s still small. He will thoroughly check your entire mouth for cancer tissue and any of the common signs or symptoms to determine whether you may need a biopsy for further investigation. This quick, simple, but in-depth check will ensure the complete health of your mouth and body.
What Should I Expect During My Screening?
During your oral cancer screening, Dr. Nawrocki will perform a visual and physical examination of your mouth. First, he will visually check your whole mouth, tongue, cheeks, and gums for any warning signs of cancer. He will also check your throat and the rest of your head for any visual irregularities.
Afterwards, he will gently feel around the lymph nodes in your jaw and neck to detect any lumps and bumps that may tip off oral cancer. He will also physically examine your ears and jaw joints for abnormalities. These checks are especially important if you are a habitual tobacco and alcohol user. Drinking, smoking, and prolonged exposure to sun are just some of the risk factors of oral cancer. If you are prone to any of these factors, Dr. Nawrocki may recommend more frequent oral cancer screenings to keep you healthy.
Drinking, smoking, and prolonged exposure to sun are just some of the risk factors of oral cancer. If you are prone to any of these factors, Dr. Nawrocki may recommend more frequent oral cancer screenings to keep you healthy.